First-time filmmaker and Atlanta resident, Deborah Riley Draper has created an incredible stir with her documentary Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution.
The film documents the now legendary battle between French and American haute couture designers at the Chateau de Versailles on November 28, 1973. The American contingent relied heavily on Black fashion models for the first time ever and the beauty, poise and attitude of these women turned the tide for the U.S, turning the fashion world on its ear.
This is an excellent story, and Ms. Draper tells it clearly and stylishly, teasing out the interesting angles and repercussions. She gives you all the backstage drama and one-upmanship of “let’s put on a show,” building to the appropriate climax: the big night.